Review: KISS Kids #3
It’s Halloween, the KISS KIDS’ favorite time of the year, so expect ghost stories involving Phantoms of the Park, Creatures of the Night, Flaming Youths and much more.
The penultimate issue of IDW’s KISS Kids hits this week with a Halloween themed issue. The rocking little tykes are at it again as they go on a school field trip and get into even more trouble than usual. The stories are written by Chris Ryall and Tom Waltz with art by Jose Holder. Jeremy Colwell handles colors with Gilberto Lazcano tackling lettering. KISS Kids is 2 for 2 so far, does the third issue keep things rocking?
This issue sees four new mini adventures for the coolest kids at Casablanca Elementary. We see Starchild taking the spotlight in Calling Dr. Love. An average school day for the little heartbreaker includes frequent trips to the nurse’s office. Is it the candy he gets with each visit or something else keeping him coming back with fake ailments? Gah! All Night has the four friends terrorizing their babysitter once again. It’s Halloween and something is going bump in the night. Got to Choose sees the band trying to figure out their hook for the battle of the bands. It’s time to play dress up as KISS looks for their bands look. It’s a trip through time as we see the many fashions of modern day music. The main story this time around is Field Trippin. The gang goes to a museum and are told not to touch anything. When there are Sabertooth cat skeletons and giant dinosaurs around, the boys have more trouble than usual following directions. When they decide to look AND touch, things get out of hand. Can their special gifts help get things back under control without getting them into too much trouble?
Ryall and Waltz write another solid issue. This is another fun outing, but it doesn’t quite deliver on the Halloween solicit info. One of the dinosaurs kind of looks like a mummy and the babysitter is watching scary movies, but other than those visuals there’s nothing that really plants the Halloween flag in the stories. You have KISS and Halloween. There are limitless possibilities. The stories dance around the subject, but it never really dives right into it. Seems like a missed opportunity. Holder’s art is spot on as usual. He gets some weird and wacky situations to bring to life, and he does it very well. The museum story is chocked full of great visuals and a few action bits. The fashion show with KISS trying on different costumes through various genres of music is an extremely fun sequence Holder handles well. Colwell’s colors seem to be a little more subdued this time, but it works with what’s supposed to be darker stories. Holder and Colwell have been a perfect combination on this series, that’s for sure.
Bottom Line: KISS Kids is still a fantastic series, but it doesn’t quite live up to the Halloween label it has been given. That’s the only reason it takes a slight dip in the ratings this month. Still well worth picking up, but don’t expect a full-blown Halloween issue. 3.5/5